Residents in Mangaung came together to help a pregnant neighbour get much needed medical care during a recent thunderstorm. “We were wearing raincoats and boots and some even had plastics on their heads but we pushed that ambulance until it moved out of the ditch,” said Masalemone Monwametsi of Phase 5, Mangaung.
This comes after residents banded together to remove an ambulance out of a muddy ditch when a pregnant patient needed emergency care.
According to Free State Health Department’s Mondli Mvambi, emergency personnel responded to a distress call by a pregnant woman before treated and stabilized. “On the way to hospital after stabilisation, about three meters from Zolile Pick Up point the ambulance crew got stuck in the mud with the patient inside the ambulance,” said Mvambi.
“This unexpected development was reported over the EMS Call Centre Communications Systems. Arrangements were then made with Government Garage to offer relief emergency assistance,” he added.
However, residents took it upon themselves to assist during the heavy rains as the woman and her unborn child. “We could not wait for relief assistance with someone that sick at the back of an ambulance. What if she had died?” said Monwametsi. The mother of one explained how she and others struggled against the elements to push the vehicle out of a deep hole. “It was pouring outside but we did what we had to until the ambulance could move,” she said.
MEC for Health Montseng Tsiu, commended their efforts. “I am pleased also that our pregnant mother and her baby were not negatively affected by this temporary inconvenience which was beyond the control of our EMS personnel” said Tsiu. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele